Driving At Night - Tips & Accident Information
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 49% of all automobile accidents across the country occur at night. This is due to the fact that there are an increased amount of hazards during the night hours because of our lack of visibility, along with a number of other factors associated with nighttime driving.
Furthermore, teenage drivers with a Graduated Drivers License are only able to operate their vehicles between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. during their first six months of driving. Of course, there are some exceptions relating to school, work, church, or if they have a fully licensed passenger at least 21 years of age traveling in the passenger seat.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our Tulsa auto accident lawyers have great sympathy for those injured in an auto accident, as well as their family members, as they often suffer emotionally and financially following an accident. Our lawyers have fought for the rights of thousands of injured victims and have obtained over $100 million in compensation benefits for our clients over our 50 years of combined legal experience.
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Accidents Caused While Driving At Night
Due to the decreased visibility of nighttime driving, there are several factors which can endanger yourself and those in the surrounding areas. Furthermore, teenage drivers and the elderly may be at an increased risk as they lack experience, have decreased reaction times, and may have a decreased amount of visibility.
Some accidents caused by driving at night include:
- Distracted driving
- Drinking while driving
- Driving in the wrong direction
- Driving without lights on
- Eating while driving
- Excessive speeding
- Fatigued driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Texting while driving
More so, fatigued driving is similar to driving while intoxicated as your sensed are dulled and lack the ability to react to certain hazards as a sober individual with plenty of rest would under similar circumstances.
Tips for Driving At Night
In nearly all instances, nighttime driving accidents are preventable and it is the drivers responsibility to become familiar with driving at night in order to become more comfortable with the situation. A driver may also find that in order to avoid a nighttime accident, they may also consider properly maintaining their vehicle and making sure all headlights, taillights, brake lights, and signals are in proper working order.
Some tips for driving at night include:
- Do not drink and drive
- Get fresh air
- Increase your following distance
- Keep your low beam headlights on
- Never drive fatigued
- Pull the car over and rest
- Reduce your speed
- Take frequent breaks
- Turn high-beam headlights off for approaching vehicles
- Watch the right side of the road if another vehicle is using high-beam headlights
Our attorneys also advise that everyone have their eyes checked on a regular basis in order to avoid automobile accidents due to decreased visibility.
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By operating on a contingency fee basis, we are able to provide a service to our clients where they do not have to pay us until a winning settlement or verdict has been established. This takes the worry about being able to afford an attorney out of the equation.
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